UNESCO’s granting of the title of World Book Capital to Amsterdam presents the city with a unique opportunity to reaffirm its reputation as a refuge for free speech and the written word, and to highlight its international renown as a literary hub. Amsterdam World Book Capital wants to inspire and propagate dialogue about the freedom of expression and has chosen to do this by adopting the ‘Open Book’ theme as its guiding principle.
Marketplace on American Public media has this story: A growing chunk of college costs is the price of textbooks, on which the typical undergraduate spends $900 a year. So a group of college professors is calling for low-priced and free texts online. Congress is getting involved, too. Jill Barshay reports. Full story here.
I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for the latest trends... A new shower trend, the book shower, aims to stock the new baby's bookcase. The theme is catching on with modern moms, many of whom receive several showers and get plenty of the nuts and bolts of babydom. If only I was a mom, or modern.
Article in the Palo Alto Weekly, "Are Books and Libraries Out of Date?" Check comments, too. "Public libraries in particular have always been a place for learners of every age to be immersed in a world of knowledge that is much larger than what they could possibly have at home. "
infodoodads pointed out this interesting website, ISBNdb.com. It currently has ISBN and basic information for over 3 million books, which it has gotten via scanning library websites, according to their FAQ. Something else mentioned on their FAQ is "'Books on the Same Shelf' -- it allows to quickly look up similar books in the same way they would be placed in a real world library.
Instead of the traditional canvas or paintbrush, however, Brian Dettmer has a more contemporary way of expressing himself artistically. Dettmer carves into books, revealing three-dimensional sculptures of the images found within the book’s pages.
Here's the website where you can view his work. Pretty freaky stuff!